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D&RGW XM #68998, #68635, and #unknown [DRGW Equipments PA]

drgw68998_01.jpg: DRGW 68998

This D&RGW boxcar is found at Monte Vista, Colorado.

Here is a sample of pre-war D&RGW 40’ all-steel boxcars: according to Rio Grande Color Guide to Freight and Passenger Equipment (MSCG), 4/5 Dreadnaught end proves the particular car as one of the 68900 – 69399 series boxcars built in 1941 by Pressed Steel Car. Barely read AX- prefix indicates that this car was in company service.


D&RGW 67500 – 69899 series Boxcars:
The Official Railway Equipment Register for July 1974 pushes both post-war cars and wartime cars into one series with 200 cars in place, described as follows:

The D&RGW series 67500 to 69899 is shown with AAR Designation XM and description “Box, Stl” only.

The inside length of these cars is 40 feet 6 inches, inside width 9 feet 2 inches, inside height 10 feet 4 inches, outside length 40 feet 6 inches, extreme height 15 feet and capacity 3850 cubic feet or 110,000 pounds.

According to MSCG, the 67500 – 69899 series XMs are consisted of five groups:
68000 – 68399 series XMs built by Pressed Steel Car in 1939,
68400 – 68899 series XMs built by Pressed Steel Car in 1940,
68900 – 69399 series XMs built by Pressed Steel Car in 1941,
69400 – 69899 series XMs built by Pressed Steel Car in 1942,
67500 – 67999 series XMs built by Pressed Steel Car in 1946.

drgw68998_02.jpg: DRGW 68998


Here is another, but a somewhat sad sample of pre-war D&RGW 40’ all-steel boxcar I found at Grand Junction, Colorado: D&RGW #68635 from the series 68400 – 68899 boxcars built by Pressed Steel Car in 1940.

drgw68635_01.jpg: DRGW 68635
drgw68635_02.jpg: DRGW 68635

Another boxcar, likely from the same series, is found in the same junkyard.

All photos are taken in Sep. 2017.

drgw68635_03.jpg: D&RGW #unknown

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D&RGW XM #67924 [DRGW Equipments PA]

drgw67924_01.jpg: DRGW 67924

This D&RGW boxcar is found at Del Norte, Colorado.

Body style, barely read letterings “6*924” on end and “EXW 10’-8, IL 40’-6” on its side suggest this car as D&RGW XM #6*(7 or 8)924.

Rio Grande Color Guide to Freight and Passenger Equipment (MSCG) shows #67682 from the series 67500 – 67999, with Improved Dreadnaught end with large roller-pin shaped ribs and top rib truncated, as post-war cars built in 1946. These features are common with the particular car found at Del Norte. Accordingly, I decided to represent this car as #67924.

According to the letterings, the particular car was assigned for potash loading at Grand Junction.


D&RGW 67500 – 69899 series Boxcars:
The Official Railway Equipment Register for July 1974 pushes both post-war cars and wartime cars into one series with 200 cars in place, described as follows:

The D&RGW series 67500 to 69899 is shown with AAR Designation XM and description “Box, Stl” only.

The inside length of these cars is 40 feet 6 inches, inside width 9 feet 2 inches, inside height 10 feet 4 inches, outside length 40 feet 6 inches, extreme height 15 feet and capacity 3850 cubic feet or 110,000 pounds.


The 1974 ORER shows these cars with outside width at eaves of 9’ 3”, contrary to EW 9’ 4” lettered on the particular car. Here is my research:

According to MSCG, the 67500 – 69899 series boxcars are consisted of five groups: series 68000 - 68399, 68400 - 68899, 68900 - 69399, 69400 - 69899, and 67500 - 67999.

The 68000 - 68399 series boxcars built by Pressed Steel Car in 1939 are likely lettered EW 9'-3" according to the photo of D&RGW #68337 found at MSCG.

The 68400 - 68899 and 68900 - 69399 series boxcars are the additional orders following the preceding series and are also built by Pressed Steel Car in 1940 and 1941 respectively.

The 69400 – 69899 series boxcars built by Pressed Steel Car in 1942 are likely lettered EW 9'-3" according to the photo of D&RGW #69676 found at Railroad Photo Archives site[1].

D&RGW #67682 found at MSCG and the particular car I found at Del Norte, both from 67500 – 67999 series boxcars built by Pressed Steel Car in 1946, are lettered EW 9'-4". Accordingly, only 67500 – 67999 series boxcars are likely lettered EW 9'-4".


All photos are taken on Sep. 6, 2017

[1] 1979 photo of D&RGW #69676 at Railroad picture Archives web page;
* 2014 photo of D&RGW #67*** from the same series found at Helper, Utah;

drgw67924_03.jpg: DRGW 67924

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Del Norte Depot [DRGW Facilities PA]

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This is one of the Rio Grande original facilities remained along its route in Colorado; the former depot at Del Norte.

According to Denver & Rio Grande Western Depots Volume 2 by Clive Carter, Del Norte depot was built in 1911 with two-story frame structure of wood shingles roof and stucco finish with drop siding wainscot walls[1]. It was retired in 1970. The structure houses the town hall today.

The branch reached Del Norte in 1881, and the line between Alamosa and Del Norte was dual gauged in 1901[2]. The branch was sold to San Luis and Rio Grande Railroad in 2003.

All photos were taken on Sep. 6, 2017

[1] Carter, Clive (2013) Denver & Rio Grande Western Depots Vol. 2
[2] Holmes, Nathan D., (2009) “D&RG/D&RGW V Creede Branch History” DRGW.Net;
* photo of the original depot built in 1881 found at Denver Public Library;

depot_del-norte_03.jpg: buried spur at Del Norte

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Hooper Depot [DRGW Facilities PA]

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This is one of the Rio Grande original facilities remained along its route in Colorado; the former depot at Hooper now moved to South Fork.

According to Denver & Rio Grande Western Depots Volume 1 by Clive Carter, Hooper depot was built in 1890 with one-story frame structure of wood shingles roof and board & batten walls[1]. It was retired in 1955.

The narrow gauge Valley Line between Mears Junction and Alamosa reached Hooper in 1890[2]. The Line between Hooper and Alamosa was dual gauged in 1930. The Line north beyond Hooper was abandoned in 1951, and the rest of the Line which survived as standard gauge Hooper Spur was finally abandoned in 1959[2].

The depot structure was preserved after the retirement but lost its chimney and the hipped roof above the bay window. In 2008, it was moved to South Fork by Don Shank of Denver and Rio Grande Railroad Historic Foundation: South Fork never had a depot till then[3]. However, it’s up for sale along with the whole assets as of Sep. 2017.

All photos were taken on Sep. 7, 2017

[1] Carter, Clive (2013) Denver & Rio Grande Western Depots Vol. 1
[2] Holmes, Nathan D., (2009) “D&RG/D&RGW Valley Line History” DRGW.Net;
[3] James, Robin (2008) “South Fork gets railroad depot” Trainorders.com web page;
* Perry, Otto C., (1950) the depot and NG engine #481 at Hooper, Denver Public Library;
* Richardson, Robert W., (1949) the depot and NG engine #497 at hooper, Denver Public Library;
* Perry, Otto C., (1951) the end of track at Hooper, Denver Public Library;

depot_hooper_map.jpg: street view of former depot site
 
 

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Some Southwestern Sands, part 3 [Photo Archives_Roadside]

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I'm collecting the “Sands Motel”s.

By searching “Sands Motel” at Google maps, we notice that “Sands Motel”s are mostly old, and are unevenly located in the United States: mostly on both seaboards and in the southwest. That is to say, these vintage motels are one of the vanishing icons of the particular region we should record.

Here is the example located in the southwest:

sand-canyon-inn_01.jpg: Cortez, CO. Sep. 8, 2017

Sand Canyon Inn at 301 W Main St, Cortez was operated as Travelers Motor Lodge in its heydays. The name “Sand” seems registered in 2013[1].

The town of Cortez, Colorado is the gateway to the Mesa Verde National park, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Yucca House National Monument and Hovenweep National Monument.

[1] company information web page for Tryksha Inc;

sand-canyon-inn_03.jpg: postcard maybe printed in the 40’s

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Surfaces - Everyday Life in the Early 70’s [Photo Archives_Roadside]

Here, I introduce scanned images from my dad’s slides mostly taken in the early 70’s. 1964 Oldsmobile was our only choice for means of the family trip to as north as Fairbanks, AK or to as south as Oaxaca, Mexico: we never used airlines. Accordingly, I decided to call this series of posts as “Surfaces”.
 
 
1970_71_US_0028.jpg: Speculator, NY Oct. 1968

a historical motel term – “TV”

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